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Guaranty Trust Holding Company (GTCO) Launches Ambitious ₦400 Billion Capital Raise, Eyeing Expansion and Profit Growth

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Guaranty Trust Holding Company (GTCO) Launches Ambitious ₦400 Billion Capital Raise, Eyeing Expansion and Profit Growth

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In a bold move to strengthen its position as one of Nigeria’s leading financial institutions, Guaranty Trust Holding Company (GTCO) has announced a groundbreaking public offering. The company is seeking to raise a staggering ₦400 billion through the issuance of 9 billion shares at ₦44.50 each on the Nigerian Exchange Group (NGX).

 

This strategic capital raise comes at a critical juncture for the financial services giant, as it looks to embark on an ambitious expansion plan across West and East Africa. GTCO’s visionary Group CEO, Segun Agbaje, has outlined a comprehensive roadmap to deploy the additional capital in a manner that promises to drive remarkable growth and profitability.

 

Among the key priorities for GTCO is the recapitalization of its Nigerian subsidiary, GTBank, in order to fortify its balance sheet and position it for continued success. The company also plans to leverage the fresh funds to expand its asset management and pension businesses, further diversifying its revenue streams and solidifying its presence in the non-banking financial services sector.

 

Notably, GTCO has set its sights on a lofty goal – to become the first Nigerian company to achieve a billion-dollar profit. Agbaje’s “fact behind the offer” presentation at the NGX showcased the company’s impressive track record, boasting an average return on equity (RoAE) of 29% over the past decade and a staggering 253% return on investment during the same period.

 

The timing of this capital raise is particularly opportune, as it aligns with the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) directive for banks to enhance their capital thresholds in response to the adverse economic conditions that have eroded asset quality across the industry. GTCO, it seems, has been proactive in its approach, having already laid the groundwork for this capital raise months before the CBN’s directive.

 

By tapping into the public markets, GTCO is not only bolstering its financial resilience but also positioning itself for accelerated growth and market dominance. The company’s expansion plans across West and East Africa, combined with its strategic diversification into high-potential non-banking verticals, positions it as a formidable player in the African financial services landscape.

 

Investors and stakeholders will be closely watching GTCO’s progress as it embarks on this transformative journey. The company’s demonstrated track record of strong returns and its ambitious vision for the future make it a compelling proposition in the current financial climate. As GTCO embarks on this ₦400 billion capital raise, it stands poised to redefine the boundaries of success in the Nigerian and African banking and financial services sectors.

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